Verdelho white wine variety

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Verdelho is a native of Portugal and the island of Madeira where it is used mainly for the production of fortified wines (White Port and Madeira.) Over recent years it has also been used for table wines

n Australia, the Verdelho grape variety has been used to make white table wines especially in Western Australia and the Hunter Valley in NSW. It has become increasingly popular in many other districts. It is at the stage of challenging Sauvignon blanc as a preferred variety for those seeking an alternative to Chardonnay.

In his book Varietal Wines, James Halliday says

"The success of Verdelho as a table wine in Australia is an extraordinary phenomenon without any obvious explanation"

Sorry James, I beg to differ. To anyone who puts their nose over a glass of Verdelho the explanation is very obvious. Verdelho wines are becoming more popular because they are straight-forward and they smell and taste like they are made from grapes. They will never be great wines, but many are just the ticket for informal lunches. Varietal Verdelho wines are much better than overoaked and overpriced Chardonnays, or one dimensional Sauvignon Blanc that so many wine writers enthuse about.

Some of the great 'Classic Dry Whites' of WA have a dollop of Verdelho in them along with Semillon, Sauvignon blanc and Chenin blanc

Food pairing with Verdelho

These fruity white wines are versatile enough to fill a number of food pairing niches. They are often quite drinkable without food, say for a late afternoon drink with friends. You can try Verdelho wine with tapas or appetisers, say a couple of freshly shucked oysters. The fruitiness of Verdelho can also be matched with the spiciness of Asian cuisine.

Wineries in Australia using Verdelho wine variety

Alderley Creek Wines Estate Northern Rivers Zone | Aldinga Bay McLaren Vale | Allandale Hunter Valley | Ambar Hill Granite Belt | Ambrook Wines Swan Valley | Andrew Harris Vineyards Mudgee | Angoves Winery Riverland | Angullong Wines Orange | Arimia Margaret River Margaret River | Arrowfield Hunter Valley | Ascella Pure Wine Hunter Valley | Ashbrook Estate Margaret River | Audrey Wilkinson Hunter Valley | Avalon Wines King Valley | Baddaginnie Run Strathbogie Ranges | Bago Vineyards Hastings River | Bald Mountain Granite Belt | Ballabourneen Wines Hunter Valley | Barambah Ridge Winery South Burnett | Bawley Vale Estate Shoalhaven Coast | Beckett's Flat Margaret River | Beechwood Wines Goulburn Valley | Beelgara Estate Riverina | Belgenny Vineyard Hunter Valley | Bell's Lane Wines Hunter Valley | Bendigo Wine Estate Bendigo | Bent Road Wines Granite Belt | Benwarin Wines Hunter Valley | Berrigan Wines Swan District | Beyond Broke Vineyard Hunter Valley | Bidgeebong Wines Gundagai | Big Hill Vineyard Bendigo | Bimbadeen Estate Hunter Valley | Bimbadgen Estate Hunter Valley | Bishop Grove Wines Hunter Valley | Black George Pemberton | Blackwood Wines Blackwood Valley | Bleasdale Langhorne Creek | Blue Manna Margaret River | Blue Wren Mudgee | Boatshed Vineyard Hunter Valley | Brammar Estate Yarra Valley | Bremerton Langhorne Creek | Briar Ridge Vineyard Hunter Valley | Bridgeman Downs Cellars South Burnett | Briery Estate Perth Hills | Broke's Promise Hunter Valley | Browns of Padthaway Padthaway | Brush Box Vineyard Hunter Valley | Calais Estate Hunter Valley | Cambewarra Estate Shoalhaven Coast | Camp Road Estate Hunter Valley | Camyr Allyn Wines Hunter Valley | Canonbah Bridge Western Plains | Canungra Valley Queensland Coastal | Cape Bouvard Peel | Capel Vale Geographe | Carosa Perth Hills | Casella Riverina | Cassegrain Hastings River | Catherine Vale Vineyard Hunter Valley | Catherine's Ridge Cowra | Cedar Creek Estate Queensland Coastal | Centennial Vineyards Southern Highlands | Channybearup Pemberton | Chapel Hill McLaren Vale | Chapman Valley Wines Central Western Australian Zone | Chestnut Grove Manjimup | Chidlows Well Central Western Australian Zone | Chislehurst Estate Hunter Valley | Ciavarella King Valley | Clancy's of Conargo Riverina | Clovely Estate South Burnett | Constable Vineyards Hunter Valley | Coolangatta Estate Shoalhaven Coast | Cooper wines Hunter Valley | Crane Wines South Burnett | Creeks Edge Wines Mudgee | Crooked River Wines Shoalhaven Coast | Cruickshank Callatoota Wines Hunter Valley | Dalfaras Nagambie Lakes | David Hook Wines Hunter Valley | David Treager Nagambie Lakes | De Beaurepaire Wines Mudgee | De Bortoli Riverina | De Iulius Hunter Valley | Deep Woods Estate Margaret River | Divers Luck Wines Northern Rivers Zone | Doctors Nose Wines New England | Donegal Wines Riverland | Donnybrook Estate Geographe | Dos Rios Swan Hill | Draytons Hunter Valley | Dusty Hill Estate South Burnett | Echo Ridge Wines Hunter Valley | Elderton Barossa Valley | Elsmore's Caprera Grove Hunter Valley | Elysium Hunter Valley | Elysium Vineyard Hunter Valley | Emmas Cottage Vineyard Hunter Valley | Emmetts Crossing Wines Peel | Ernest Hill Wines Hunter Valley | Eumundi Winery Queensland Coastal | Evans and Tate Margaret River | Faber Vineyard Swan Valley | Fairview Wines Hunter Valley | Farrells Limestone Creek Hunter Valley | Fermoy Estate Margaret River | First Creek Hunter Valley | Fish Tail Wines Swan Valley | Flinders Bay Margaret River | Flynn's Wines Heathcote | Foate's Ridge Hunter Valley | Fonthill Wine McLaren Vale | Fonty's Pool Vineyards Pemberton | Fordwich Estate Hunter Valley | Fox Creek Wines McLaren Vale | Francois Jacquard Perth Hills | Fyffe Field North East Victoria | Gapsted Alpine Valleys | Garbin Estate Swan Valley | Gartelmann Hunter Hunter Valley | Gecko Valley Queensland Coastal | Gentle Annie Goulburn Valley | Gin Gin Wines Queensland Coastal | Girraween Estate Granite Belt | Glendonbrook Hunter Valley | Goorambath Glenrowan | Goundrey Mount Barker | Governor's Choice Winery Queensland Zone | Gowrie Mountain Estate Darling Downs | Granite Ridge Wines Granite Belt | Great Lakes Wines Northern Rivers Zone | Hackersley Geographe | Halina Brook Central Western Australian Zone | Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy McLaren Vale | Hankin Estate Goulburn Valley | Happs Margaret River | Harrington Glen Estate Granite Belt | Harris Organic Wines Swan Valley | Harris River Estate Geographe | Heafod Glen Winery Swan Valley | Heartland Vineyard Hunter Valley | Heartland Wines Limestone Coast Zone | Henry's Drive Padthaway | Heritage Estate Granite Belt | Heron Lake Estate Margaret River | Hidden Creek Granite Belt | Hills View McLaren Vale | Hillside Estate Hunter Valley | Hope Estate Hunter Valley | Hopwood Winery Goulburn Valley | Houghton Swan Valley | Hudson's Peake Wines Hunter Valley | Hugh Hamilton McLaren Vale | Hunting Lodge Estate South Burnett | Illalangi Wines Riverland | Inneslake Hastings River | Iron Gate Estate Hunter Valley | Ironbark Hill Estate Hunter Valley | Island Brook Margaret River | Ivanhoe Wines Hunter Valley | James Estate Hunter Valley | Jane Brook Estate Swan Valley | Jarrah Ridge Winery Perth Hills | Jarrets of Orange Orange | Jasper Valley Shoalhaven Coast | Jester Hill Wines Granite Belt | Jimbour Wines Queensland Zone | Jingalla Porongurup | John Kosovich Wines Swan Valley | Juniper Estate Margaret River | Juul Wines Hunter Valley | Jylland Vineyard Central Western Australian Zone | Kalari Wines Cowra | Kancoona Valley Wines Alpine Valleys | Karri Grove Estate Margaret River | Keith Tulloch Wine Hunter Valley | Kevin Sobels Wines Hunter Valley | King River Estate King Valley | Kingsley Grove South Burnett | Kingston Estate Riverland | Kladis Estate Shoalhaven Coast | Knotting Hill Vineyard Margaret River | Kooroomba Queensland Zone | Krinklewood Hunter Valley | Kulkunbulla Hunter Valley | Lake Charlotte Wines Perth Hills | Lamonts Central Western Australian Zone | Lancaster Wines Swan Valley | Laurellyn Wines New England | Lawson Hill Mudgee | Lighthouse Peak Tumbarumba | Lilac Hill Estate Swan Valley | Lilyvale Wines Darling Downs | Lindenton Wines Heathcote | Lindrum Langhorne Creek | Little Wine Company Hunter Valley | Little's Winery Hunter Valley | Loch Luna Riverland | Lost Valley Upper Goulburn | Louee Wines Mudgee | Lucas Estate Granite Belt | Lucy's Run Hunter Valley | Mabrook Estate Hunter Valley | Madigan Vineyard Hunter Valley | Maleny Mountain Wines Queensland Coastal | Margan Family Hunter Valley | Maroochy Springs Queensland Coastal | Marybrook Vineyards & Winery Margaret River | Mason Wines Granite Belt | Maxwell Wines McLaren Vale | McCuskers Vineyard Perth Hills | McLeish Estate Hunter Valley | McPherson Wines Nagambie Lakes | McWilliams Riverina | Meera Park Hunter Valley | Melange Wines Riverina | Melville Hill Estate Wines New England | Moama Wines Perricoota | Moffatdale Ridge South Burnett | Mollydooker Wines South Australia | Molly's Cradle Hunter Valley | Monahan Estate Hunter Valley | Monument Vineyard Central Ranges Zone | Moondah Brook Swan Valley | Mopoke Ridge Winery Shoalhaven Coast | Moss Brothers Margaret River | Mount Appallan Vineyards South Burnett | Mount Broke Wines Hunter Valley | Mount Burrumboot Estate Heathcote | Mount Tamborine Queensland Coastal | Mount View Estate Hunter Valley | Mount Vincent Estate Hunter Valley | Mountain Ridge South Coast Zone | Mudgee Growers Mudgee | Murdup Wines Mount Benson | Murrumbateman Winery Canberra | Myattsfield Vineyard and Winery Perth Hills | Neilson Estate Wines Swan Valley | New Glory Goulburn Valley | Nightingale Wines Hunter Valley | Normanby Wines Queensland Zone | Norse Wines Queensland Coastal | Nova Vita Wines Adelaide Hills | Nowra Hill Vineyard Shoalhaven Coast | Nyora Vineyard and Winery Gippsland | Oakover Estate Swan Valley | Oakvale Hunter Valley | Olive Farm Swan District | Olsen Margaret River | Outram Estate Hunter Valley | Palmer Wines Hunter Valley | Peel Estate Peel | Peel Ridge Peel | Pengelly Lane Wines Bendigo | Penmara Hunter Valley | Penny's Hill McLaren Vale | Peos Estate Manjimup | Peppin Ridge Upper Goulburn | Pertaringa McLaren Vale | Petersons Glenesk Estate Mudgee | Pieter van Gent Mudgee | Piggs Peake Winery Hunter Valley | Pinelli Swan Valley | Piromit Wines Riverina | Pokolbin Estate Hunter Valley | Polin & Polin Hunter Valley | Pothana Hunter Valley | Preston Peak Granite Belt | Prince Hill Wines Mudgee | Pyramid Hill Wines Hunter Valley | Pyramids Road Wines Granite Belt | Racecourse Lane Wines Hunter Valley | Rangemore Estate Darling Downs | Ravens Croft Wines Granite Belt | Red Earth Estate Western Plains | Red Tail Northern Rivers Zone | Redgate Margaret River | Reg Drayton Hunter Valley | Regent Wines Swan Hill | Richfield Estate New England | Ridgemill Estate Granite Belt | Ridgeview Wines Hunter Valley | Rimfire Vineyards Darling Downs | Rivendell Margaret River | Riverbank Estate Swan Valley | Riverina Estate Wines Riverina | Robert Channon Granite Belt | Roberts Estate Murray Darling | Robyn Drayton Hunter Valley | Rodericks South Burnett | Rosebrook Estate Hunter Valley | Roselea Estate Shoalhaven Coast | Rothbury Ridge Hunter Valley | Rumbarella Granite Belt | Rusty Fig Wines South Coast Zone | Saddlers Creek Wines Hunter Valley | Salitage Pemberton | Sam Miranda Wines King Valley | Samson Hill Estate Yarra Valley | Sandalford Wines Swan Valley | Sandalyn Wilderness Estate Hunter Valley | Sarabah Estate Queensland Zone | Serenella Estate Hunter Valley | Settlement Wines McLaren Vale | Settlers Rise Montville Queensland Coastal | Seven Mile Vineyard Shoalhaven Coast | Sevenhill Wines Clare Valley | Severn Brae Estate Granite Belt | Shawwood Estate Mudgee | Sherwood Estate Hastings River | Silkwood Wines Pemberton | Silverfox Wines Perricoota | Sirromet Queensland Coastal | Sittella Swan Valley | SmithLeigh Vineyard Hunter Valley | Southern Grand Estate Hunter Valley | Splitrock Vineyard Estate Hunter Valley | Springbrook Mountain Vineyard Queensland Coastal | Stanton Estate Queensland Zone | Stellar Ridge Margaret River | Stevens Brook Estate Perricoota | Stirling Wines Hunter Valley | Stomp Hunter Valley | Stringybark Perth Hills | Stroud Valley Wines Northern Rivers Zone | Stuart Range Estate South Burnett | Summit Estate Granite Belt | Sussanah Brook Wines Swan District | Swanbrook Estate Wines Swan Valley | Swinging Bridge Cowra | Swooping Magpie Margaret River | Symphony Hill Wines Granite Belt | Tahbilk Nagambie Lakes | Talijancich Swan Valley | Tallavera Grove Winery Hunter Valley | Tamborine Estate Wines Queensland Coastal | Tamburlaine Hunter Valley | Tangaratta Estate Northern Slopes Zone | Tantemaggie Pemberton | Tapestry McLaren Vale | Tawonga Vineyard Alpine Valleys | Temple Bruer Langhorne Creek | Tempus Two Hunter Valley | The Grove Vineyard Margaret River | The Natural Wine Company Swan Valley | The Silos Estate Shoalhaven Coast | Thomson Brook Wines Geographe | Three Moon Creek Queensland Zone | Tinklers Vineyards Hunter Valley | Tinonnee Vineyard Hunter Valley | Tipperary Estate South Burnett | Tobin Wines Granite Belt | Toppers Mountain New England | Torambre Wines Riverland | Tower Estate Hunter Valley | Tuart Ridge Peel | Tulloch Hunter Valley | Twin Oaks Queensland Coastal | Two Rivers Hunter Valley | Two Tails Wines Northern Rivers Zone | Tyrrells Hunter Valley | Upper Reach Vineyard Swan Valley | Vasse River Wines Geographe | Vercoes Vineyard Hunter Valley | Verona Vineyard Hunter Valley | Villa d'Esta Vineyard Northern Rivers Zone | Vinaceous Various | Vinden Estate Hunter Valley | Wallambah Vale Wines Northern Rivers Zone | Wandering Brook Estate Peel | Wandin Valley Estate Hunter Valley | Wandoo Farm Central Western Australian Zone | Waratah Vineyard Queensland Zone | Warburn Estate Riverina | Warraroong Estate Hunter Valley | Warrego Queensland Zone | Wattle Ridge Wines Blackwood Valley | Wattlebrook Vineyard Hunter Valley | Wells Parish Wines Mudgee | Western Range Wines Perth Hills | Westfield Swan Valley | Whistle Stop Wines South Burnett | White's Vineyard Swan Valley | Wilkie Estate Adelaide Plains | Willespie Margaret River | Winbourne Wines Hunter Valley | Windowrie Estate Cowra | Windshaker Ridge Perth Hills | Windsors Edge Hunter Valley | Windy Creek Estate Swan Valley | Wirilda Creek McLaren Vale | Wise Wine Margaret River | Wonbah Estate Queensland Coastal | Wonganella Wines Northern Rivers Zone | Wood Park King Valley | Woodstock McLaren Vale | Woongoroo Estate Queensland Coastal | Woop Woop Wines McLaren Vale | Wordsworth Wines Geographe | Wovenfield Geographe | Yarrawa Estate Shoalhaven Coast | Yarrawood Yarra Valley | Yass Valley Wines Canberra | Yokain Vineyard Estate Geographe | Zonte's Footstep Langhorne Creek

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